The longtime sport current host on Wednesday launched he’s been acknowledged with stage 4 pancreatic cancer in a video posted to the current’s official YouTube account.
“Now, normally, the prognosis for this is not very encouraging, but I’m going to fight this. And I’m going to keep working and with the love and support of my family and friends — and with the help of your prayers also — I plan to beat the low survival rate statistics for this disease,” he acknowledged.
Trebek, 78, has hosted “Jeopardy” since 1984, when the current began airing every day in syndication.
Sony Pictures Television chairman Mike Hopkins acknowledged in an announcement Wednesday, “If anyone can beat this it’s Alex. He has our full support as he tackles this challenge head-on.”
Trebek is known for his quick wit and humorousness, which was on present in his announcement, whatever the somber message at its center.
“Truth told, I have to [keep hosting] because under the terms of my contract, I have to host ‘Jeopardy’ for three more years,” he joked. “So help me. Keep the faith, and we’ll win. We’ll get it done.”
Upon info of his evaluation, former “Jeopardy” champions, film star followers and even fellow sport current hosts have expressed help for Trebek.
“The Sajak family is deeply saddened to hear of Alex Trebek’s struggle with cancer,” “Wheel of Fortune” host Pat Sajak wrote on Twitter. “Our hearts go out to him and his family. But there is no one I know who is stronger and more determined, and I would never bet against him. We, and the entire country, are pulling for you, Alex.”